There are few things as satisfying as the feeling you get in the spring and summer when fruits and vegetables bloom and ripen.
In that period, the long hours spent tending to these crops, like grapes and cherries, yield rewarding results.
However, one challenge many farmers encounter is birds often eating many unpicked fruits before farmers can harvest them. Sometimes, they can eat almost all the fruits! Although there are ways to deal with these fruit-stealing birds, like making some noise and using high-tech scarecrows, they aren’t very effective.
This makes protecting your crops from the attacks of these pesky birds a tough yet unavoidable task. Bird netting is one method that effectively protects your crops. Most farmers, however, have some concerns about purchasing and using bird netting.
If you belong to this category, you may wish to continue reading “9 major questions about using bird nets to protect agricultural products.”
Does the Anti Bird Netting Cost High?
There are different categories of Anti-bird nets, according to product usage and durability. You can also classify them through properties like mesh size and material. A bird netting will have all these properties written about it.
For example, one of our Anti-bird nets has the features below.
· 15x15mm Knitted bird netting 35g/m2
· 15% shading rate
· White HDPE 0.3% Ciba® 783 UV inhibitor
· 5 years UV warranty
Even when you consider the average cost per fruit tree, such as a fruit of medium width, 10 foot-high, that is not expensive.
This makes bird nets a very cost-effective option for protecting an orchard from birds.
When you also consider the life span of a bird netting, which is 5-10 years, the average annual use cost goes even lower.
Can the Bird Netting be Reused or be Recycled? Is the Material Toxic?
In most cases, the bird net is made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) monofilament, and an anti-ultraviolet absorber is added at the same time.
Polyethylene is a non-toxic and recyclable material already recognized worldwide. And the PE material is specially knitted to make bird nets, and is exceptionally durable.
So, the properties of the PE material and the manufacturing process of bird netting essentially make it recyclable and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t cause pollution, or harm to the environment, or the plants.
According to different quality requirements, EyouAgro’s bird netting provides a warranty ranging from 5 to 10 years. This ensures that can reuse it for many years. Just deploy it when you need it, and gather it for storage after harvesting all fruits.
When the bird netting reaches its life span, it may become dry and brittle, resulting in breakage and damage. However, this doesn’t cause direct damage to your crops.
We know it is important to understand where your organic fruits come from. We also understand the importance of farming methods that are environmentally friendly, healthy, and sustainable. Undoubtedly, anti-bird netting meets all these requirements.
Will Bird Nets Damage Your Crops?
While the cost of installation varies for either method, both are safe for crops. The anti-bird net not only protects the crops from the invasion of birds, but also provides a 10-20% shading effect that can resist solar radiation. This makes the bird net another means to protect your fruit trees from sunburn.
Bird nets provide a high level of protection through the physical barrier between birds and crops.
Therefore, irrespective of the season or the type of bird. All you need is to choose the bird net, and you immediately guarantee the safety of your fruits.
Another benefit of bird netting is that they also protect the orchard from wind and hail damage. They achieve this by fine-tuning the orchard’s microclimate, increasing the fruit yield of the orchard.
Will Anti-bird Nets Trap and Kill Birds?
When classifying bird nettings by their mesh yarns, there are two categories; the monofilament bird net, and the multi-strand net. Multi-strand nets have mesh made of multiple strands of yarn that are smooth and thick. Typically, the mesh size of the bird net is about 15mm-25mm.
Compared with monofilament nets, the multi-strand yarn is less likely to entangle the bird’s feet, so it is difficult to trap them.
Even smaller birds, such as small sparrows, find it easier to break free, reducing their damage. Of course, if an improperly installed net allows the birds to enter, they can still be trapped inside.
Anti-bird nets are one of the most common ways to control birds. Statistics show it can prevent birds from destroying fruits by physically preventing them from reaching the crops.
Can Bird Nets Block Other Small Animals?
Facts and experience tell us that bird nets can also block other small animals.
If you choose the right mesh size, you can prevent various other potentially problematic animals such as snakes, foxes, deer, perforated moths, fruit insects, macadamia borers, fruit flies, wallabies, hares, and opossum.
You should, however, be careful with the Anti-bird nets, ensuring that you install them to be taut enough. Loose netting only causes animals to get stuck and entangled within the net.
Standard bird nets — having holes over 10mm — are hazardous to wildlife, because they easily get a leg, snout, head, or beak through it. This can ultimately lead to their death.
What Color is Suitable for the Anti-bird Net?
Anti-bird nets usually come in three colors: black, white and green. Each color has its benefits and unique properties. At EyouAgro, we also produce these three colors. So which color is more suitable for you? Check out the features of our bird nets and decide.
The most commonly used color of bird netting is black. This is because carbon black UV inhibitors are excellent at preventing sunlight. The black mesh is also better integrated with the surrounding environment, and will not block the outside scenery. The neutral color also ensures that it doesn’t draw too much attention, or appear odd in the environment.
This makes the knotless black net suitable for residential and factories. However, farms and orchards can also use black bird nettings to optimal effects.
The advantage of the white net is that it makes it easier for birds to sight. The result is that do not enter your orchard to steal your vegetables and crops. By being an obvious barrier, preventing the birds from attempting, you also reduce the possibility of the birds getting entangled within the net during an attempt to enter your orchard.
So, while bird nets are more visually conspicuous, they are safer for wildlife because they are visible. You can also use white Anti-bird nets as anti-hail nets or anti-frost nets to protect fruits from hails in summer or early spring frost.
Green Anti-bird net is the most common of them all. It’s mostly used in gardens and is mainly sold in farmers’ retail stores. The green color allows the net to merge properly with the green of the plants. This ensures that the netting blends in with the scenery. EyouAgro has different mesh sizes for this color.
So, if your purpose is for bird protection in farms or orchards, then white bird nets may be the best choice for you.
How Long Can the Anti Bird Netting be Used?
EyouAgro’s bird nets provide a warranty ranging from 5 to 10 years lifespan according to different quality requirements. This is because the material of the bird net is High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) with an anti-ultraviolet absorber added. It is specially woven, made and durable. Of course, a proper installation has a role to play in the longevity of bird netting.
The High Density Polyethylene material makes EyouAgro bird nets rot-resistant, which also ensures their longevity. UV stabilized PE materials are renowned for their ability to remain usable for a long period, despite exposure to the sun.
When you notice that the net yarn is becoming brittle to touch, this is a sign that it’s due for replacement.
Does the anti-bird net affect pollination?
Anti-bird nets do not affect pollination, as their mesh size does not prevent insects. For example, the mesh diameter of EyouAgro’s anti-bird net varies from 15mm-25mm.
The size of bees, especially the worker bees, is about 12mm, so bees can easily pass through the anti-bird net with meshes, as they are larger than 12mm.
Bees are very good at sensing and approaching their food sources. As we all know, the mesh of the most commonly used anti-bird net is 15x15mm square. For ordinary bees, there is enough space to pass through. They will first land on the net, then pass through the mesh, and then take off again. So the anti-bird net doesn’t block the bees in any way, and would not affect orchard pollination.
In addition, most fruits like strawberries, cherries get attacked by birds only after they mature and become sweet. So you can choose to cover these fruits with anti-bird nets before they show color changes. By this time, pollination is already complete. This way, you are certain it will not affect fruit pollination.
There are always fears that the bees can easily get entangled within the net, but this can only happen if you install the nets loosely. If you install the netting to be taut, this can never be an issue.
What Size of the Anti-bird Net is Right for You? And How to Calculate the Quantity?
There are two aspects to answering this question. The first is determining the suitable mesh size for you. The second is calculating the total amount of net that you’ll need. One major factor to consider when resolving the first aspect is the species of bird you intend to keep away. This means that you must know the kinds of birds native to your location and their average sizes.
What do you need to protect?
Different nets need to be selected to protect different issues. For example, bird nets used of buildings are different from those used for gardening or crop protection.
- MESH SIZE
Below is a list of the mesh sizes we offer, and the bird sizes the keep out. If you do not know about the sizes of birds in your location, it’s safer to go for the smallest mesh size. The smallest mesh size is guaranteed to keep birds of all sizes away.
This is the smallest mesh size we offer, and also the most popular. Its popularity is partly because it keeps all sizes and species of birds away. It’s particularly effective against small-sized birds like sparrows.
1 1/8” MESH
This size is large enough to allow little birds like sparrows to pass through, but can easily keep bigger birds like starlings away. Generally, it’s good for protecting your crops from medium size birds.
This is the largest mesh size we offer. It will allow smaller birds and some medium-sized ones to pass through. However, it is effective against big birds like hawks and kites.
Total net quantity
A common mistake when buying anti-bird nets is that they order bird nets that are too short. It’s better to measure the dimensions of the area you wish to install the netting, and then order for a slightly longer measure to account for errors.
The calculation for measuring the quantity of net you need varies according to how you intend to use it. For example, the calculation to determine the amount of netting you need for a single fruit tree differs from the calculation for the amount of net to create a hoop tunnel.
Below is a link to our NETTING CALCULATOR, which will help you determine the quantity you need.
Another mistake will be to set up the net close to the crops. The birds will simply lean on the net, and allow their weight to draw the net down, and closer to the crops. Always ensure that you install the netting with enough distance from the birds. This way, you are sure that the net will successfully repel the birds.
Birds are wonderful creatures, and we have them all around us. They are vital to our ecosystem.
However, when we move the discussion to our crops, we’re sure you agree that the birds are not welcome. Anti-bird netting is a guaranteed means to keep them off. It’s also one of the cheapest alternatives.
At EyouAgro, we also weave custom nets to any weight, dimension, or opening requested. If you are interested in Bird Netting, contact us and we would be happy to help you decide which product is right for you.